Why the Vikings should not fire Mike Zimmer before their next game

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Zimmer has earned at least one more year to prove his worth

Minnesota’s ownership just gave Mike Zimmer a three-year extension this summer. So it’s hard to imagine the Vikings owners losing their faith in Zimmer less than four months after extending his contract with the team.

Everyone involved with the organization was well aware of the potential for this season to be a difficult one before it started. Zimmer would never admit it to the public, but even he likely knew that this season was going to be hard for Minnesota to succeed.

The turnover on their roster and coaching staff this past offseason has obviously had a bigger impact on the Vikings this year than most had predicted. Combine this with Minnesota’s lack of on-field coaching time during the offseason due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the team was already heading into an uphill battle when they took the field for their very first game this year.

Zimmer has led the Vikings to success in the past and there’s no reason to think that he can’t do it again. Some of the best current head coaches in NFL like Andy Reid, Pete Carroll, and John Harbaugh have all had a year or two where their team just plain stinks.

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This clearly looks like it’s going to be a season full of stink for Minnesota and it’s up to Zimmer to prove that he can be the guy to get his team on the right path to succeed once again in 2021.